Wednesday’s Cronkite Memorial Draws Influential Guests

By Andrew Gauthier 


The memorial service for Walter Cronkite will take place Wednesday morning at 10:30 am, in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. Some tickets were made available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning at 10 am Tuesday.

Cronkite anchored the CBS Evening News for 19 years, from 1962-1981, and has been widely remembered as “the most trusted man in America.” He suffered from cerebrovascular disease, and died this summer on July 17 from complications related to dementia. He was 92 years old.


President Barack Obama and former president Bill Clinton are scheduled to speak at the service. The program also will include presentations by Cronkite’s son Chip, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, CBS Corp. President and CEO Leslie Moonves, CBS News and Sports President Sean McManus, Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw, Andy Rooney and Bob Schieffer. Jimmy Buffett, Mickey Hart, Michael Feinstein, Wynton Marsalis and the United States Marine Band will perform.